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Nikki Myers, principal and academic director at Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning, a K-8 charter school in Colorado Springs School District 11, get her hair cut by students who raised the most money for a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society program called Pennies for Patients. Courtesy photo

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It’s always fun for kids to see their principal squirm, and Nikki Myers, who heads the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning was a little antsy Friday, as she got her long hair cut to donate to wigs for cancer patients.

Myers first donated her hair to the cause in August 2012, as her mother was experiencing treatment for breast cancer. Her mother is now in remission and doing well, and Myers’ hair had regrown to a length long enough to donate.

This time, students representing classes that donated the most towards the school's "Pennies for Patients" campaign got to help with the haircut, which happened Friday morning after a student choir performance.

Students at the K-8 charter school in Colorado Springs School District 11, which specializes in gifted education, raised $430 for Pennies for Patients, a science-based service learning program that connects schools with local blood cancer patients.

A first/second grade class and two kindergarten classes raised the most money, Myers said.

She’s known for doing unusual challenges in the name of charity.

Students raised over $15,000 during the school’s ninth annual Readathon last fall. Myers has read books on the school roof, on a horse, in a dunk tank and on roller skates, to encourage kids to join the Readaton, which has supported various projects.

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